Jam of the Day

Jul 10

Zola Jesus – “Seekir”

Jun 28

Zola Jesus joined El-P on Conan for a rendition of his “Works Every Time” from his latest album,Cancer for Cure.

Feb 02

Orbital ft. Zola Jesus > “New France”

Jan 05

JotD, 1/5/2012

So, I know, I know. I said there would be some big announcements about JotD today. And, here there are:

First, the bad news: JotD is scaling back. Well, actually, this might be good news if you think I’m long-winded (no offense taken if you do). But yours truly needs to focus on a lot of other things right now, and this can sometimes take up a significant portion of my down time. In other words, “down time” is becoming a thing of the past. When I commence grad school in a matter of months, I am nearly certain I’ll have even less time. So, the options are to close shop or scale back. And I would rather not do the former.

What does it mean to “scale back,” you ask? Well, it probably means the following few changes:

(1) About three days a week, I’ll come up with one my usual stories about a Jam and tell you all about it. But on the other four days, you’re just going to get the Jam and nothing more. Doesn’t sound TOO awful yet, right? (Those who receive the daily e-mail will still get the full digest.)

(2) Speaking of those of you who get the full e-mail, that’s an extra step in the process for me right now that I do special for y’all because almost all of my most loyal readers started with me back in my e-newsletter only days. I’ve been hand crafting every e-mail, every day, for now like 1,200 days or something insane. So, in the next few months I am exploring options to automate this process. It’s going to be a little clunky, but it’ll work. Basically, there are programs out there that every day at a certain time will pull all of the posts from the last 24 hours, stick them in an e-mail and send them your way. So, you’ll see this format when I get that set up (by spring). It will also contain a subscribe/unsubscribe button on it so you can take yourself off the e-mail list at any time, or add yourself to the e-mail list at any time.

If you want to try this out, you can already do so using a web program called FeedBurner. See here. It’s unclear if FeedBurner will become our web program of choice or not, but I’ve been testing it out for many months now and it seems to work OK. I’ll exhaust all options before subject you to anything. Ideas welcome.

(3) (And this one has been long overdue…) There will be less gibber-jabber on the non-JotD posts. I won’t stop posting new things, because (a) I like it, (b) you like it, and (c) it’s the best way to attract new readers to this project. But, it takes too long for me to write clever things all of the time. So … instead, I’m just going to post the video/audio/download/link/photo whatever it may be, and I will only comment where necessary. This should free up a lot of time AND give me more time to focus on more fun features, like Countdown, Icons, YouTube and Spotify playlists, and the brand spanking new feature that I’m starting tomorrow (!!!!!!!!!!).

The good news … well, damn it! I just spoiled it. There’s a new weekly feature starting tomorrow, and I think you’re going to love it. Every Friday all through 2012. I gave this hint in an earlier post today. Keep on your toes until tomorrow, and don’t forget to check into Jam of the Day every Friday, because it’s going to be a blast, and everyone is encouraged to participate. I’m personally thrilled about it because it’s in the spirit of why we started JotD in the first place, and I vowed in 2011 to do a lot more of that. This is me making good on that promise.

Now, all that said, I’m spent. So let’s Jam. Today we’ve got another brand new one, which, I know is lazy, but we’ve discussed this artist a good 20 times in the last year and a half since she came on the scene without featuring one of her tracks. And, this new one I *really* dig.

Here’s goth-pop crooner Zola Jesus with “In Your Nature (David Lynch Remix)” (2012). Yes, really remixed by David Lynch (and his engineer, Dean Hurley). Just trust me and listen; it’s gorgeous.

Jan 05

Simply gorgeous. “I feel like reinterpreting something can remove its context,” she told Pitchfork this week. “But when David Lynch asks to remix your song, you let him.”

Oct 03
Zola Jesus has a trippy new clip for Conatus standout “Vessel” playing exclusively over at the NY Times’ Culture section, complete with Q&A. You can download the track for free still by right-clicking here.

Zola Jesus has a trippy new clip for Conatus standout “Vessel” playing exclusively over at the NY Times’ Culture section, complete with Q&A. You can download the track for free still by right-clicking here.

Sep 22

Stream the new Zola Jesus album > The Guardian →

Conatus is out October 4, and we’ve already heard three tracks, but you can’t hear the electro-goth LP in its entirety now. 

                         

Sep 05

Another new cut from Zola Jesus’ forthcoming LP, Conatus, has hit the web. It’s called “Seekir” and it’s the most interesting song I’ve heard from it so far (compare with "Avalanche" and "Vessel"). Less than a month now before the album drops.

Aug 15

"Avalanche" is a brand new song from Zola Jesus’ upcoming Conatus, out October 4. (Recall: We’ve also heard "Vessel" from this new LP.) This rendition comes from today’s Daytrotter session, which as always is free to download. Head over to Daytrotter to stream/grab the 2-song set. (via Disco Naïveté).

Jul 20
Pitchfork usually does a nice job with its photo spreads, but this one has outdone itself. This year for their own festival here in Chicago they turned their photo book into a series of .gif files. So, now you can see some of our favorite bands deflating balloons, spraying cans of whip cream, playing with fireworks, twirling, etc. Cut Copy’s above, and I’ve put a couple other favorites below. See the whole thing here.
Fleet Foxes: Zola Jesus: 

Pitchfork usually does a nice job with its photo spreads, but this one has outdone itself. This year for their own festival here in Chicago they turned their photo book into a series of .gif files. So, now you can see some of our favorite bands deflating balloons, spraying cans of whip cream, playing with fireworks, twirling, etc. Cut Copy’s above, and I’ve put a couple other favorites below. See the whole thing here.

Fleet Foxes:
 

Zola Jesus:
 

Jun 29

“Vessel” sailed in this morning. It’s the first track from goth girl Zola Jesus’ new LP, Conatus, which you can expect out on October 4.

Download here:
"Vessel" > Right-click to download

Apr 29

Zola Jesus > “Night”

Seems appropriate since I’m up at this hour. This is a new Soundcheck Sessions recording of the 2010 standout track from 22-year-old Nika Roza Danilova.

Oct 11
Make sure you pick up the new EP from Zola Jesus tomorrow. I’ve been tooting my horn for singer Nika Roza Danilova for weeks now, and everything I hear just gets better and better. This morning Pitchfork recommends “Lightsick”, another new track from the Valusia EP. They said the song “should be her ‘Maps’”, which I don’t fully understand. Is it her "Maps" or isn’t it? I’m going to put forth that it’s NOT; all three of the tracks I’ve heard, inlcuding the previously posted “Poor Animal”, are very much in the same beautiful vein. Click the photo to hear “Lightsick”, and grab the four-track EP on Tuesday. It’s going to make a great winter treat if this Indian summer ever ends.

Make sure you pick up the new EP from Zola Jesus tomorrow. I’ve been tooting my horn for singer Nika Roza Danilova for weeks now, and everything I hear just gets better and better. This morning Pitchfork recommends “Lightsick”, another new track from the Valusia EP. They said the song “should be her ‘Maps’”, which I don’t fully understand. Is it her "Maps" or isn’t it? I’m going to put forth that it’s NOT; all three of the tracks I’ve heard, inlcuding the previously posted “Poor Animal”, are very much in the same beautiful vein. Click the photo to hear “Lightsick”, and grab the four-track EP on Tuesday. It’s going to make a great winter treat if this Indian summer ever ends.

Oct 06

New music everywhere today! How can I keep up? I love Nika Rosa Danilova’s voice too much not to take the time to post this, however. Check out Zola Jesus’ “Poor Animal” above and expect the new EP next week.